4/22/2011

Lebanese in Scranton


Whenever we go to the northern Poconos, we try to hit the nearby "cities" of Scranton, Wilkes Barre, or Dickson for shopping and dining.  City Cafe had a somewhat odd location in what appeared to be a developing business district and ghost town rolled in one.  If you were not seeking it out specifically, you may miss it altogether.

I went with a large group of 7 people (six adults, one child) and there were only 2 other diners with us.  We may have gotten there before the dinner rush or it may never be busy at all.  The menu was small and felt limiting because I had at least 3 picky eaters in my group.  We did have to make a fast food run after dining here, but I digress because my own experience here was not only good, it was great.

We ordered a little bit of this and that, including: mediterranean pizza, spanakopita, Lebanese fried rice with chicken and tuna, chicken/lamb/beef kabobs, and the dessert sampler.  Like I said, my own experience was great.  This was my first time having Lebanese cuisine and the fried rice just wowed me with its complexity in flavor and texture.  I told the owner that two of their desserts reminded me of Filipino specialties (polvoron and hopia), so the similarity was a nice surprise.


The ambiance is great for intimate meetings, whether it be a date between two people or a reunion of old friends.  You'll all have a lot to talk about from the food to the decor, and would be able to hear each other when you do so.

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